Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Freshly Made Sketches #631

My favorite card making day of the week is Wednesday -- because it's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made SketchesThe fabulous Jen T is our hostess today, and you're going to LOVE her card and sketch!

While I love flowers, I wanted to try something that wasn't flowers (although I have a bitty flower!)! I went back and forth between birds and nests, and bees and honeycombs, and finally settled on this big fun sentiment that I had left over from another project. In fact, my entire card today (except the white base) is from the Bits & Pieces box you hear me talk about sometimes.

The paper was saved - because it's rainbow and dots and I could never throw that away. Ha. I  also made a banner at the bottom of the inside of the card with matching leftovers. The sentiment and speech bubble are from Simon Says Stamps and that cute little flower is Creative Worship Stamps/SNSS. The hearts? Your guess is as good as mine! I think it's a super happy card!

I didn't get a square card out of it, but that's ok!

This challenge will end on Monday, April 15, at 3:00 PM EDT. Get your taxes done! Don't miss all of the fabulous creations my friends made on the FMS Blog. Hope to see you in the gallery this week! All the details on how to play are on the FMS Blog.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Freshly Made Sketches #630

It is my pleasure to host this week at Freshly Made Sketches. I have created a sketch that focuses on layering or intertwining. My teammates have made some really wonderful cards with a lot of different ideas to inspire you. You will see that, as always, you can change the shapes to fit your interpretation.

One of my favorite techniques is making monoprints using acrylic paints and my GelPress. I make about 50 at a time, and then pull them out when I need a background. I love the color in this one, and thought it would be the perfect background for the DON'T JUDGE set from Visible Image Stamps.

Because the paint is a slicker surface than regular inks, I emboss my images once they are stamped. I love the crispness of the VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, and it's my go to black! But - it doesn't dry on paint so has to be embossed. I used Clear powder on this card. It measures approximately 5x5". 

The words I chose from the set are courage, i am strong, and compassion. (They are blurry on purpose - that's how the stamp set is!) I used a heart stencil on the background as I was making the print. You can see a faint heart on the person - which was a happy accident!

This challenge will end on Monday, April 8, at 3:00 PM EDT. Don't miss all of the fabulous creations my friends made on the FMS Blog. Hope to see you in the gallery this week! All the details on how to play are on the FMS Blog.


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Freshly Made Sketches #628

Welcome to a new sketch for the week from Freshly Made Sketches! Our hostess this week is the very talented Narelle! She makes the loveliest things, so be sure to check out her blog (link on the FMS blog above her photo!).

I had so many ideas for layers and texture when I first saw the sketch. But in the end I decided to go with this sweet little guy from the April 2022 kit from Impression Obsession. I used Peeled Paint and Speckled Egg DOX to sponge in my earthy background, and then just stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne for my image. I think he's so sweet, and love how some of the images are out of the "box" on all four sides. Sweet and simple and perfect for spring.

This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, March 25, 2024. Don't miss all of the amazing creations from my teammates on the FMS blog to inspire you! 


Sunday, February 4, 2024

The Flower Challenge #88 - Add a Heart

Hello! After a month off for a holiday break, The Flower Challenge is back with new challenges for 2024!

This month is a fun one - Add a Heart! I love making valentines, and love Valentine's Day. Probably because of all of the fun chocolate! But my favorite color is also pink, so there's that!

Today I am sharing a card made with Spellbinders Sealed Blooms. I also used the retired Postal Cover Panel from Reverse Confetti. My sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

I hope you will join us in the month of February at The Flower Challenge - and welcome our new team member, Vicky, too!